2017 Karrawatta Sophie’s Hill Pinot Grigio
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Karrawatta Sophie’s Hill Pinot Grigio
Hand harvested at optimal ripeness and whole bunch pressed, fermented in old French barriques, time on lees and some malo-lactic fermentation has crafted a Pinot Grigio with distinctive flavour and
Our Pinot Grigio is planted at the highest point in the vineyard, at an altitude of approximately 520 metres above sea level, where it enjoys cool nights and shade from the afternoon sun – ideal for premium Grigio production. We aim to follow the leaner, drier Italian model of Pinot Grigio, to make a wine that is delicate, lifted and versatile. The juice is barrel-fermented in old French barriques and goes through partial malo-lactic fermentation, which has resulted in a complex flavour profile and soft, generous mouthfeel. Primary characters of pear, grapefruit, green apple and chamomile combine with refreshing acidity and great length on the palate.
93 points: James Halliday,
9th Place: Australian Wine Companion 2016
Adelaide Review Hot 100
South Australian Wines 2014
92 points: Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
93 points: Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
90 points: James Halliday,
Australian Wine Companion 2015
GREENHILLS RD, ADELAIDE HILLS, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Established in 1996, my Karrawatta vineyard in Meadows is one of the highest altitude premium sites in the Adelaide Hills Wine Region. The yields and vine growth are in natural balance and vines produce consistent low quantities of super premium fruit, with delicate flavours that represent the terroir of the site.
The soil is uniform across the vineyard where the top soil consists of a shallow shaley loam overlying a free draining loamy clay with fragments of shale and ironstone. The altitude of the site ranges from 450–490m where each variety has been planted to suit the sites topography to ensure super premium wine production. The Sauvignon Blanc is grown on south facing cooler slopes and Shiraz grown on the north facing warmer, less vigorous slopes. The Pinot Gris is planted at the highest point with row orientation east/west to ensure none of the fruit is exposed to the afternoon sun.
At a local South Australian pub, a coin was flipped and it landed on tails, meaning my great great great grandfather, Joseph Gilbert, lost the bet and had to change his property name from ‘Karrawatta’ to ‘Pewsey Vale’. Joseph Gilbert made his first wine in 1847. Since then, the Gilbert family has continued to produce wine grapes and I am excited to reignite Karrawatta.
We produce small batch, single vineyard wines from three diverse vineyards, one in the cool climate of the Adelaide Hills and the others in McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek. All vines are detail hand-pruned and the fruit selectively picked and whole bunch-pressed to nurture the wines from vineyard to glass.
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